Community Relations Section

In October of last year, Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson unveiled her five-point plan for rebuilding community trust, called “A New Way.” One of the most important leadership components of the plan is to elevate community relations to the highest level of the organization by adding a non-sworn member to lead those efforts to the Chief’s Executive Staff.  
Claudine McDonald
Chief Wilson is pleased to announce the appointment of Claudine McDonald as the Aurora Police Department’s Chief Community Relations Officer. Prior to accepting this new position with the APD, she was the Community Relations Manager for the City of Aurora.

In her new role Claudine will oversee and direct the operations of the department’s newly created Community Relations Section which includes Recruiting, Community Relations Officers, Aurora for Youth Programs, Police Explorers, the Chief’s Community Police Advisory Team and Chief’s Youth Advisory Team.

Claudine spent 22 years in the public sector working for a non-profit as the Director of Member Engagement and Inclusion before joining the City of Aurora. As the Community Relations Manager she advocated for the effective use of available human, community and social service resources in the city. She oversaw the city’s Human Relations Commission, Veterans’ Affairs Commission and coordinated groups such as the Aurora Key Community Response Team, Aurora Community of Faith, ReACT (Responding to Aurora’s Critical Topics).

Claudine has received two Governor of Colorado appointments. One for the Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council where she promoted diversity and competency to increase quality of services. The second where she was appointed to the Senate Bill 211 Advisory Commission to Cover All Colorado Kids to promote healthcare coverage for all Colorado children.

Claudine is a former two-term elected member of the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education. She was the first Chicana/Pacific-Islander to serve in that capacity. During her tenure she was a continuous voice for addressing issues impacting students/families of color and inclusive excellence.

Claudine earned her degree in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has trained on the topic of Healthcare Diversity/Cultural Competency issues to over 70,000 individuals around the country and has worked to integrate diversity/disability perspectives into organizational structures.

“I am so happy that Claudine has accepted this important position on my Executive Team. I’m excited to see the new ideas and initiatives she brings to our organization and community” said Chief Wilson. Her vast experience, education and knowledge in the field of community relations will be a great benefit to the department as we move forward with our “A New Way” plan for rebuilding trust with our community”

“I am looking forward to continuing to advocate for our community while building stronger meaningful relationships with the members of the Aurora Police Department. I believe that listening and collaborating together are key to bringing about the changes we all want to see” said Mrs. McDonald.

Housed within the Community Relations Section will be APD's Recruiting Detail, a newly created Community Relations Officer, the Chief's Youth Advisory Team, Aurora for Youth, the Community Police Advisory Team (CPAT), and our Volunteers.

Jason MooreSergeant Jason Moore is the supervisor for the the Aurora Police Department’s newly reorganized Community Relations Section. In this position, he reports directly to the Chief of Police. The Community Relations Section has an emphasis on developing trust and fostering partnerships between the community and the Aurora Police Department. The interrelated programs and activities assist with improving rapport with our local community and make helping APD officers recognize how the community perceives police work. 

Sergeant Moore began his law enforcement career with the Aurora Police Department in 2007. He worked in the patrol section under the Operations Division in all three of APD’s Districts. He then was selected as a Police Area Representative Officer in APD’s District 3. He promoted to Sergeant in 2017 and became the PAR Sergeant in APD’s District 2. Sergeant Moore was then selected to be the Acting Sector Lieutenant for District 2. Shortly afterwards, he moved to his current role as the Sergeant for the Community Relations Section. 

Prior to his tenure with APD, Sergeant Moore played in the National Football League, which included the 1999 season with the Denver Broncos. After his NFL career, he began his work in the field of criminal justice and community involvement with the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections, Community Corrections, and Rite of Passage.

Sergeant Moore received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology from San Diego State University. 

The Community Relations Section consists of the Recruiting Detail, a Community Relations Officer, Aurora for Youth, Explorers Program, Citizens Police Academy, and Alumni, APD Volunteers, Community Police Task Force and the Community Police Advisory Team. We are also currently developing a Chiefs Youth Advisory Team. The Chiefs Youth Advisory Team will host and participate in meetings and presentations while providing the community with public safety materials and information that helps promote a better understanding of interactions between the Aurora Police Department and its community.

Virgil MajorsOfficer Virgil Majors currently serves as Aurora Police Department's first ever Community Relations Officer. Officer Majors reports directly to Sergeant Jason Moore, who oversees the Community Relations Section. Officer Virgil Majors will be the liaison between community members, including youth, and outreach associated with the police department.

Prior to becoming an Aurora Police Officer in 2013, Officer Majors spent six years with the Detroit Police Department. During his time in Detroit, Officer Majors received the Spirit of Detroit award, awarded to him by the Detroit City Council, for outstanding achievements and service to the citizens of Detroit.

Only two short years after joining APD, Officer Majors was awarded a Chiefs Commendation for his work on the Recruiting Strategies Committee. Also in 2015, Officer Majors was elected to the Aurora Police Association Board of Directions where he served until 2019. In 2016, Officer Majors was awarded the Certificate of Community Commitment for working with Jack and Jill of America, Inc.. Officer Majors was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery and outstanding response to an armed man in 2017.

Officer Majors was assigned to District 2's PAR Unit in 2019 where he remained until being selected for this new position as the Community Relations Officer in 2020. 

Officer Majors currently serves as an Equity Champion within the City's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department and was also appointed by Aurora's City Council to the Community Police Task Force, which is charged with evaluating, discussing, and developing recommendations to improve effective and transparent communication between the Aurora Police Department and its community.
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